Cellular-News for Monday 3rd April 2006

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[[3G News]]

Polands PTC Ready to Launch HSDPA

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During the Intertelekom Trade Fair, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC) presented its technological readiness to introduce HSDPA standards in its UMTS network. PTC says that the fast progress in broadband communications is its priority, and both the range...

Nortel and Qualcomm Achieve [[Financial News]]

Telstra CEO Sees Asian Interest In Company Privatization

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Telstra Corp. Chief Executive Sol Trujillo said Friday Asian investors remain interested in buying shares of his company as it is privatized, despite regulatory uncertainties. ...

Pension system considers mobile investment

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Honduras' state pension system for public employees (INJUPEMP) is looking at helping state phone company Hondutel with its plans to set up the country's third mobile operator, local daily Tiempo Digital reported. ...

Telefonica, Telefonica Mviles approve merger

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The boards of Spain's Telefonica and its mobile unit Telefoica Mviles have approved a plan to merge the two companies, Telefonica said in a statement. ...

Government Sets Colombia Telecom Minimum Price At $233 Million

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The Colombian government on Friday set a minimum price of $233 million for a controlling stake in the country's biggest telephone company, Colombia Telecomunicaciones. ...

[[Handsets News]]

Heavy, Long-term Mobile Phone Use Danger To Health - Study

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A new Swedish study on the use of mobile telephones show 10 years of intense mobile phone use increases the risk for severe brain tumor. ...

Russia's Euroset says police seize 167,500 handsets, cites violations

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Russian police have seized 167,500 mobile handsets worth 530 million rubles from Russia?s largest mobile handset retailer Euroset, Euroset said in a statement Friday. ...

[[Legal News]]

Australia Government T3 Adviser:Close Attention To ASIC Charges

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The Australian government will watch closely the Australian Securities & Investment Commission's court case against Citigroup Global Markets Australia, which is a member of the panel appointed to sell the government's remaining stake in Telstra, a sp...

EU commission probes TeliaSonera's Telecominvest buy

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An E.U. commission on antimonopoly policy has started probing the purchase of a 26% stake in Russia's telecommunications holding Telecominvest by Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera, Vedomosti business daily reported Friday, citing Denmark's...

Class Action Against Nokia Dismissed in its Entirety

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On March 31, 2006, Judge Kenneth M. Karas of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Nokia Corporation's Motion to Dismiss all claims made in the class action securities litigation filed against Nokia Corporatio...

[[Mobile Content News]]

Mobile TV Needs Mobile-Specific Content - report

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The results of a new study from Red Bee Media (formerly part of the UK's BBC Broadcast) confirms the need for broadcast and entertainment brands to work harder to tailor their content to mobile phones. The findings suggested that full length programm...

[[MVNO News]]

TDC Launches Norwegian MVNO

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TDC Mobile has launched an MVNO service in Norway through TDC Song Norge. This has been made possible with the MVNO agreement TDC Mobile entered into with Telenor, last autumn. The agreement covers both 2G and 3G services. The company is planning to ...

[[Network Operators News]]

Digicel launches services in Antigua & Barbuda

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Caribbean mobile provider Digicel launched services on Friday (Mar 31) in Antigua & Barbuda with an investment of US$6mn, the company said in a statement. ...

Venezuela's CANTV To Invest $500 Million For Operations In 2006

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Venezuela's largest communications firm, Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela, or CANTV, plans to invest $500 million this year, similar to the amount invested in 2005, the company said in a statement Friday. ...

Vodafone Egypt: Third Mobile Operator Not A Threat

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The arrival of a third mobile network company in Egypt won't eat into Vodafone's market share, Ian Gray, chief executive of Vodafone Egypt, said Sunday. ...

MTC Targets 2011 As Deadline To Become A Global Operator

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Kuwait's MTC recently called in more than 130 key company personnel from the 19 countries in which it operates to help plan strategy to achieve the group's target of becoming a global force in the telecoms business within five years. The group said t...

Nigerian Operator Doubling Network Capacity

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Mtel, the Mobile subsidiary of Nigeria's state owned telecommunications outfit, has unveiled plans to increase the capacity of the network by an additional two and half million lines, a more than 200% increase on the existing 1.2 million lines capaci...

[[Regulatory News]]

Kuwait To Set Up Third Telecommunications Co -Report

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Kuwait is to establish a third mobile telecommunications company, the official Kuwait news agency reported Sunday. ...

Consumers In 12 States Would Be Biggest Losers Under Federal Phone Tax Plan

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Plans to modify the USA's federal "Universal Service Fund" (USF) fee on long-distance phone bills, has been criticized by the Keep USF Fair Coalition. Consumers in 10 states already pay more in federal USF taxes than their states get back, and that d...

[[Reports News]]

Promotions Have Little Impact on Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty - report

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A new Harris Interactive survey shows that two-thirds (66%) of US adult mobile phone users shop around for wireless service providers, with more than two in five (43%) beginning to do so two months before their contract expires or less. While provide...

Brits Admit To Rarely Checking Their Phone Bill

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A report from the UK arm of T-Mobile says that contract customers feel they are losing out because tariffs can't keep pace with the fact that their phone usage can vary significantly from one month to the next. A nationwide poll, conducted in conjunc...

[[Statistics News]]

Indec: Feb mobile base reaches 23 million

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Mobile operators in Argentina closed February with 23 million lines in service, up 60.8% compared to February 2004, when the number reached

14 million, according to statistics bureau Indec. ... [[Technology News]]

Multi-Network IP Based Mobile-VPN Demo in Taiwan

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Taiwan Mobile (TWM) has successfully demonstrated IP-MVPN (Mobile Virtual Private Network with VoIP support) and 3G-PC bi-directional video call services at a local trade fair. TWM is the first mobile operator to demonstrate these services in a WiMAX...

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